CHECK IT OUT: Korean Food Festival at Cafe Ilang-Ilang, Manila Hotel, September 24 to 30
This week, fill up on Seoul food at Manila Hotel's Café Ilang-Ilang.
Ground Floor, Manila Hotel,
One Rizal Park, Manila
Tel. No. 527-0011 local 1261
Open from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily
Cafe Ilang-Ilang trains the spotlight on Korean royal cuisine. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) Kimchi, bibimbap, bulgogi and more-expect a spread of familiar Korean dishes alongside unfamiliar plates at the Korean Food Festival which runs until September 30 at Manila Hotel's Café Ilang-Ilang. The festival highlights Korean royal cuisine and the 100-plus dishes available at the buffet spread allows you to Seoul-search and go beyond your usual Korean barbecue.
Head Korean Chef Jin Seok Heo's spread of over a hundred Korean dishes lets you eat like a king, just how royal court chefs prepared elaborate meals made from the finest ingredients and produce from different parts of the country.
Start off with the Yong bong tang, a satisying herbal soup with steamed fish swimming in chicken broth and a slice of ginseng. The appetizer selection will leave you dizzy with choices but make sure to try the Steamed Dumplings with beef, pork and vegetables and White Kimchi-the latter a lighter, more refreshing palate-pleaser than its red, pungent and spicy counterpart. Fill up on Japchae and royal-style Dokbukki (Rice Cakes) but make sure to save space for the beautifully steamed Bossam (pork belly), which flaunts a fatty tenderness and is served with a sweet bean paste. Try forkfuls of Gool Bi, which, according to Chef Jin is an expensive salted fish, and is usually grilled or fried with soft, moist salty meat. Dessert choices include a chilled sweet squash soup and Misut ga roo (grain juice), which courts you with strong roasted grain flavors.
The Korean spread is available for lunch priced at P1,700++ and dinner for P2,200++ until September 30.